Saturday Movie Matinee: The Growing IRS Scandal

TPPatriots: Audit the IRS Rally: Audit The IRS Rally June 19th Noon – US Capitol West Lawn:

The Growing IRS Scandal – Sekulow Ep. 289:

Full episode on the IRS Scandal as Jay walks us through the events leading in to the targeting of conservatives by the IRS.

CBNonlineBoehner: Obama IRS Claims Don’t Pass Sniff Test:

CBNonline: ACLJ Flooded with New IRS Discrimination Cases:

Ben Swann w/ Hannity ~ Naming Names In IRS Scandal:

I think we’ll soon be hearing more of the name, “Cindy Thomas.”

Watch Jay Carney defend administration’s response to IRS, AP scandals:

Drink up when you hear the words, “outrageous”, “inappropriate” and “unfettered”:

NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Syria Response ‘Preposterous’:

President Obama’s response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons is “preposterous,” says Charles Krauthammer. “I think there is an unbelievable disconnect between the seriousness of the situation on the ground, what is happening right now,” Krauthammer said, “and the lack of seriousness in the presidential response.”

See also: 

WHD: NEWSFLASH: Magic Eight Ball Guiding Obama Syria Policy:

Scandal Clouds Rain And Pour On Obama, Public:

Cato Inst:How the NSA Spies on Americans (Jim Harper)

A leaked (and secret) court order and other documents reveal that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records on millions of Americans for months at a time, spying on e-mail communications with the knowledge of large Internet providers and collecting a vast catalog of Americans’ credit card transactions. Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, discusses the revelations.

PJTV: WEST POINT BLANK: Obama NSA, IRS & Press Scandals–Is This Consent of the Governed?

Col. Allen West reviews the current scandals in Washington, D.C., and is amazed by the ease with which government officials lie, mislead and intimidate. Whether it is the Benghazi talking points, or the recently revealed NSA PRISM program, Col. West wonders whether the federal government is truly acting with the consent of the governed.

MediaiteMegyn Kelly Guests Take On The Left’s GOP Target: ‘Demonizing Ted Cruz Only Makes Him Stronger’:

Mediaite: Monica Crowley Slams Dem Activist Obama Can’t Face Press Because That Only Works If You’re Not Guilty:

Watch to the end to see Crowley’s comic  reaction when the Hack tries to blame Bush.

USCCB: Fortnight for Freedom 2013:

2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

USCCB: Archbishop Lori Discusses Fortnight for Freedom 2013:


Catholic Education Daily: Archbishop Chaput Says Americans Need to “Wake Up” to Religious Liberty Threats – 


Pat Caddell: Obama is proving the “conspiracy nuts” right:

Mike Zullo gives the LATEST BREAKING News on Obama BC – 6/12/2013:

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results


The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.

CICERO, Pro Publio Sestio

History is philosophy teaching by examples.

THUCYDIDES, The History of the Peloponnesian War


This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s  The Anniversary Of A Miracle – Israel’s Victory In The Six Day War is my attempt to combat a certain strain of revisionism quite popular nowadays in some circles and write about a time not so long ago when a free people fought alone, outnumbered and without allies against tyranny and won an amazing victory.  Here’s a slice:

 Today is the anniversary of a modern miracle, the Israeli victory of the Six Day War, מלחמת ששת הימים, or Milhemet Sheshet Ha Yamim in Hebrew. It saw an outnumbered Israel beat back an attempt at destruction and genocide, reunite Jerusalem, and bring the strategic Golan and the historic Jewish homelands of Judea and Samaria back under Israeli sovereignty. It’s worth recounting 46 years later, when Israel’s mortal enemies once again gather to attempt to destroy her.

Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser had formed a military alliance with Syria, the United Arab Republic (UAR) and with the aid of the Soviet Union, both countries had built up a substantial military force, vastly outnumbering Israel in tanks, planes and manpower.

After the 1956 war,the Israelis had agreed to withdraw from Sinai based on President Eisenhower’s guarantees that provided for a UN peacekeeping force to be stationed there to prevent feydayeen terrorist raids on Israel, the main cause (at least from the Israeli standpoint) of the ’56 war.

Another part of the ceasefire agreement that ended the 1956 war concerned the Straits of Tiran, a waterway connecting the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea and Israel’s sole Red Sea outlet for the port of Eilat.


According to the ceasefire ratified by the UN, the Straits of Tiran were to be considered an international waterway with full access to Israeli shipping.

On May 17th, 1967, after a huge amount of rhetoric about annihilating every Jew in Israel, Nasser demanded an immediate withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping troops from the Sinai. Secretary General U Thant immediately complied in less than 24 hours without informing the Israelis until Egyptian forces had already reentered the Sinai.

Nasser subsequently deployed a huge force of troops,tanks and artillery in the Sinai. The Egyptians massed over 100,000 troops in the Sinai, including all of its seven divisions (four infantry, two armored and one mechanized), four independent infantry brigades and four independent armored brigades. At least one third of them were veterans of Egypt’s intervention into the Yemen Civil War, and the Egyptian forces included 950 tanks, 1,100 APCs and more than 1,000 artillery pieces, many of them of the latest Soviet models.

On May 23rd, Nasser announced a blockade of the Straights of Tiran, saying in a speech to his troops in Sinai:

… Yesterday the armed forces [of Egypt] occupied Sharm el-Sheikh. What does this mean? It is an affirmation of our rights, of our sovereignty over the Gulf of Aqaba, which constitutes Egyptian territorial waters. Under no circumstances can we permit the Israeli flag to pass through the Gulf of Aqaba. The Jews threaten war. We say that they are welcome to war, we are ready for war, our armed forces, our people, all of us are ready for war, but under no circumstances shall we abandon our rights. These are our waters …

At the same time, the Syrians began massing 75,000 troops, artillery and armor on the Golan Height to the north of Israel, where they held the high ground and were dug in.

Jordan, to Israel’s east signed a mutual defense pact with the UAR on May 30th and moved 55,000 troops and 300 tanks to the border.

Documents captured by the Israelis from the Jordanians show that contrary to popular belief, the Jordanians always intended to go to war against Israel – it was by no means a last minute decision. The Arab Legion’s Hashemite Brigade had orders to capture the Israeli town of Ramot Burj Bir Mai’in in a night raid, codenamed “Operation Khaled”. This was to be the base of operations for the capture of Lod and Ramle. The “go” codeword to be was “Sa’ek” and end was “Nasser”. The Jordanians also planned for the capture of Motza and Sha’alvim in the strategic Jerusalem Corridor. Motza was the target of Infantry Brigade 27 camped near Ma’ale Adummim: “The reserve brigade will commence a nighttime infiltration onto Motza, will destroy it to the foundation, and won’t leave a remnant or refugee from among its 800 residents”

Along with these forces, at Jordan’s invitation the Iraqi army sent 100 tanks and an infantry division to join in the fighting along with two squadrons of fighter aircraft.

The Israeli troops even with their available reserves were out numbered by more than two to one, and in tanks and combat aircraft by more than three to one.

Efforts to try and resolve the crisis in the UN came to absolutely nothing as the Soviets and the European nations who found Arab oil far more valuable than Jewish blood combined to torpedo any meaningful settlement as Israel’s economy began to falter and the Arabs continued to mass troops and equipment for an obvious coming attack meant to wipe out every Jew in Israel, a goal the Arabs made no secret of.

The final push towards war came when Israel chief arms supplier, President DeGaulle of France abruptly informed the Israelis on June 1st that he would no longer sell them arms or spare parts for French-made equipment like Israel’s Dassault Mirage and Super Mystère jets or even fill existing orders.


Surrounded and outnumbered, the Israelis now also had to contend with the problem of resupply in a combat situation. They literally had no choice but to throw the dice and gamble on a quick and decisive victory before their equipment broke down for lack of spare parts and components.

So the decision was made to launch Operation Focus ( in Hebrew, Moked), a massive attack on the Egyptian Air Force.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with  The All Seeing State submitted byJoshuapundit. It’s Steyn at his best as he  examines the effect of a permanent, rooted in place bureaucracy on a free society and its institutions. Do read it.

OK, here are this week’s full results. The Razor, due to a storm and the resulting loss of power was only able to vote for Council Selections, having been unable  to read this week’s non-Council selections.Send some thoughts, prayers and good energy his way.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!

Friday Free-For-All: A Scandal-Plagued “Lightworker”


‘Show us the way, O Lightbringer!’: @WhiteHouse photo deifies Obama

Weasel Zippers: National Journal Poll: 85% Of Americans Think Government Is Spying On Their Communications…:

Via National Journal:

Big Brother is watching. And listening, and reading. And using your purchasing and communications history to hone algorithms that predict what you will buy and click on next.

Most Americans fear their privacy is eroding in all of those ways and more, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found. In an era of spreading surveillance cameras, cascading revelations about government’s collection of domestic and international communications, and online advertising triggered by users’ purchasing history, the survey said that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that business, government, social-media sites, and other groups are accessing their most personal information without their consent. […]

John Hayward, Human Events: Did the IRS finally fire somebody? Maybe!:

A few days ago, there was finally news that a Washington figure in the scandal, Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz, was leaving that position.  Eliana Johnson at National Review followed up and found an IRS source who claimed Paz has indeed been fired, which would make her the very first scandal-related termination:

The source says Paz was fired last Friday, and a second IRS source tells National Review Online that Paz “dropped off the edge of the world” that day, and that her agency-issued computer, phone, and Blackberry show no activity since then. The IRS would not confirm or deny reports of Paz’s firing, citing her right to privacy as protected by federal law. 

As of Thursday, the voice mail on Paz’s work phone remains active and callers are asked to leave a message for Paz, though nobody answered repeated calls placed to that number. Calls to the mobile phone number listed under Paz’s name in the IRS’s internal directory are sent straight to voice mail, and indicate her mailbox has not yet been set up.

Read that boldfaced line again slowly.  Get angry.  Read it again.  Get angrier.

Johnson reviews the brief against Paz, including the amazing discovery that she was actually hovering menacingly in the background while her subordinates were asked if anyone gave them orders to carry out the Tea Party persecution.  She was in the room during “virtually every one of the interrogations or interviews with her own subordinates,” according to House Oversight chair Darrell Issa (R-CA).

WHD: IRS Targeting Coincided With Obama’s Bashing of Groups

The people occupying this White House, from the president on down, have never really had great respect for Office of the Presidency and the awesome power they wield. Whether it’s putting their feet on the furniture, going Friday casual in the Oval Office, doing politics 24-7, or attacking private citizens, Obama and his minions don’t get where they are.

The IRS scandal is what happens when the responsibility these people have been given for The Peoples’ House is abused by having the president personally tear into private citizens. The machinery of government gets cranked up and relentlessly follows the lead of the person in charge.

My Latest At The Conversation:

Judicial Watch: $878 Mil Later TSA Behavior Program Can’t Spot Terrorists:

In yet another egregious example of government waste, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues funding an ineffective 6-year-old program that’s supposed to spot terrorists at airports but has failed miserably despite burning through a ghastly $878 million.

Incredibly, the feds seem to have no intention of killing the costly experiment, known as Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT), which is used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to single out terrorists. SPOT was launched in 2007, has 2,800 workers—special Behavior Detection Officers—and is supposed to identify potential terrorists through behavioral clues. It was implemented with great fanfare as an innovative way to enhance aviation security after Islamic terrorist slammed commercial planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Instead, it has accomplished little though it keeps getting boatloads of taxpayer money. A new federal audit outlines the program’s latest problems but it’s hardly the first time the failures are officially documented. A few years ago a separatefederal probe found that SPOT failed to detect terrorists at U.S. airports on nearly two dozen occasions. As a result the terrorists slipped right through “security” checkpoints and actually boarded commercial airplanes, the investigation found.

In fact, federal investigators discovered that at least 16 of the terrorists who evaded the specialized Behavior Detection Officers were later charged or pleaded guilty to terrorism charges after slipping through eight different U.S. airports with SPOT programs. Making things worse, most of the airports where terrorists boarded planes ranked among the top 10 highest risk on the TSA’s Airport Threat Assessment list. Read more about this scandal in this Judicial Watch report.


Last month, CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said that she believed her computer had been compromised and that the matter was under investigation within CBS News. Through a series of tweets released Friday, Attkisson reported that an internal CBS investigation conducted by a cyber security firm, confirmed that her computer has been hacked. Data was extracted and the investigation into the hacker is ongoing…

Shenandoah: We Know More about NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden in 48 hours than Barack Obama in 6 Years:

Last night on Mark Levin’s radio program he made a stunning statement which hit home more than any news item or “shocking” revelation about all of the scandals combined relating to the past year and to be quite honest I do not think he realized the impact of his words (paraphrased):

“We know more about Edward Snowden than we do Barack Obama.”

Guess what?

He is 100% correct.

Michelle Malkin: Barack Obama’s “Social Innovation” slush fund:

Before President Obama took office, I warned that Democrats planned to steer untold amounts of taxpayer dollars to his shady community-organizing pals. The Dems’ 2008 party platform proposed the creation of a“Social Investment Fund Network” to subsidize “social entrepreneurs and leading nonprofit organizations (that) are assisting schools, lifting families out of poverty, filling health care gaps and inspiring others to lead change in their own communities.”

Investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s pioneering work helped bring down the fraudsters of ACORN. But a thousand other ACORN-style knockoffs have metastasized in the shadows. Not long after Obama took office, big-government Democrats and Republicans handed him the $6 billion mandatory “volunteerism” package known as the “SERVE America Act.” The boondoggle fueled legions of new government “volunteers,” including a Clean Energy Corps, an Education Corps, a Healthy Futures Corps, a Veterans Service Corps and an expanded National Civilian Community Corps for disaster relief and energy conservation.

In addition to creating thousands of make-work jobs and boosting bloated national service bureaucracies, the legislation also carved out a left-wing slush fund known as the Social Innovation Fund. In its four-year existence, SIF has doled out $140 million to 20 handpicked grant-making organizations, which in turn have chosen 197 “promising nonprofits” for government support.


On Thursday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the key Republican member of the so-called Gang of Eight behind the current immigration reform bill, said that he would drop his support for the bill if Democrats insisted on a provision allowing newly-legalized illegal immigrants to sponsor their gay partners’ immigration. “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill,” he said. “I’m done. I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.”

The Shark Tank: Immigration Talks Break Down In the House of Representatives:

According to Republican Congressman  Dennis Ross (R-FL), who is a strong supporter of  border security and E-Verify, the immigration reform talks in the U.S. House of Representatives have broken down. In an interview with the Shark Tank in Washington, D.C., Ross said that Congressman Sam Johnson, who is part of the “Gang of Eight”  immigration reform group in the House, has told him the immigration reform talks broke down Wednesday night. – See more at:

According to Republican Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL), who is a strong supporter of border security and E-Verify, the immigration reform talks in the U.S. House of Representatives have broken down. In an interview with the Shark Tank in Washington, D.C., Ross said that Congressman Sam Johnson, who is part of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform group in the House, has told him the immigration reform talks broke down Wednesday night.

Gateway Pundit: Catholic Association Blasts Pelosi For Suggesting Late-Term Abortion is “Sacred Ground”:

Via The Christian Post:

Immediately following Pelosi’s remarks on abortion, Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for The Catholic Association, issued a response that was shared with The Christian Post.

“After witnessing firsthand the atrocious human rights abuses taking place inside America’s late-term abortion clinics, it is amazing that this did not touch Nancy Pelosi’s heart. What we learned from the Gosnell trial, and what we understand is going on inside other clinics, is not only human rights abuse, but it also puts women in harm’s way.”

Ferguson continues, “The only difference between the Gosnell ‘after-birth’ abortions and legal late-term abortions is the location of the baby at the time of death. Andcontrary to Pelosi’s extreme claim that the Franks’ bill is ‘disrespectful’ to women, the majority of women are opposed to late-term abortions, according to a recent Gallup poll.”

Weasel Zippers: MSNBC Host Karen Finney: Wanting To Ban Race-Based Abortion Is “Whacked Out”…


Via Newsbusters:

Former DNC Communications Director and NARAL Pro-Choice America board member Karen Finney recently received her own weekend show on MSNBC and it appears that her radical views on abortion will be a regular theme across the “Lean Forward” network.

Appearing as a guest on Now w/Alex Wagner on June 13, Finney claimed that Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-Ariz.) efforts to ban abortions based on race demonstrate that “the guy is whacked out anyway.”

It used to be that everyone understood that race based abortions were heinous and evil…Now  opposition to such abortions are “whacked out?”

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Rep Stockman requests subpoena of NSA’s White House, IRS phone logs

Rep. Jeff Duncan Questions IRS Training With Automatic Rifles (Video)

‘Rampant Injustice’: The IRS And DOJ Raid Small Businesses With Paramilitary, Gestapo Style Tactics

All In: Chris Hayes Identifies Infamous Racist Governor George Wallace As Republican

Embattled ATF Nominee B Todd Jones Grilled By Grassley and Cruz At Senate Judiciary Hearing (Video)